Kiev is one of the most ancient cities in Ukraine and even in Russia. Once upon a time it was called the Mother of all Russian cities. Its history extends back to the 6th century A.D. This ancient land has known many victories and losses. It has many beautiful and interesting places to visit. You can walk through them, see them and even touch them.
• Kreschatik street (the central boulevard of the capital city, called Ukrainian Champs Elysee)
This is the very heart of Ukraine. The main street of Kiev has a very significant name; it derives from the work Baptism in Ukrainian language. The street runs down to the steep Kiev hills over the Dniper river. The legend states that Prince Vladimir has baptized all his family near the place, where the road meets the river. The street's length is only 0.7 mile. On Sundays there is no traffic on the street and you can freely walk in the middle of it.
• Independence Square (Majdan), Downtown hidden streets
Formerly this place was used as a market place. But it has seen several revolutions during the short independence history during the post Soviet age. First buildings were raised here in 18th century. Previously this hollow was a bog, where people used to hunt or graze their goats. Today it is a very beautiful European type of square with many monuments, historical buildings and underground malls, restaurants and recreation facilities.
• President administration building
It is located up over the Kreschatik street. The building was raised back in Soviet times.
• "House with Khimeras"
This is a very fascinating building raised over 100 years ago. The building was designed by Boris Gorodentsky - famous architect. Its exterior is adorned with all kinds of fantastic creatures, animals and birds. All of them are made out of concrete. You get this creepy feeling of them being alive and watching over you!
• St.Michael's Cathedral
This monastery and cathedral was initially raised in the 11th century. But it was destroyed in the 1930 by the communists. The place was rebuilt in 1990. So, most of the buildings are new, but you can find an old clay and wood small orthodox church on its territory.
• St. Sophia's Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
This cathedral dates back to 11th century. It was raised by the Kiev Rus prince Yaroslav the Wise. Presently it consists of several churches circled by the old city wall. The most ancient cathedrals have preserved their unique wall paintings. This place remains one of the pilgrimage places for orthodox believers.